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NEWS
August 9, 2015 | By Dan McQuade, For The Inquirer
The best attraction at the Jersey Shore is at the southern tip of the Wildwoods. According to TripAdvisor, at least. Search the Web for the best attractions at the Jersey Shore and you're likely to come across two lists at that user-generated travel advice site: top New Jersey boat tours and top Jersey Shore tours and activities. The Thunder Cat Dolphin Watch leads both. Of nearly 250 reviews for the dolphin watch, only one was below average (and that was due to a cancellation). Why is this tour so universally beloved?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everybody appreciates a few days at the Jersey Shore. Especially the Clown Princes of Basketball. The Harlem Globetrotters finish up their annual four-day visit to Wildwood, N.J., this weekend, and star Big Easy Lofton says it's a treat for the team. "Wildwood has become a must-play tradition for us every summer," he says. "From riding the tram car when we arrive to tossing out Frisbees on the beach, our annual trip to Wildwood is much more than four games. " The Trotters, also featuring dribbling wizard Handles Franklin and former Temple standout TNT Maddox, even brought along their perennial foes, the Washington Generals.
FOOD
July 31, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Some of the best food in Ocean City is far from the tourist boardwalk - and considerably spicier, too. Cinco de Mayo, despite its humble setting on a quiet stretch of West Avenue, is one of our favorite go-to restaurants on the island. The colorfully muraled dining room (just down the street from hoagie standby Voltaco's) is a great example of the authentic Mexican flavors that have been flourishing up and down the Jersey Shore in recent years. Owner-chef Roberto Marroquin, who got his start at Cousin's Italian restaurant a quarter-century ago (and then went on to own a pizza shop in Galloway)
NEWS
July 26, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
A manatee may soon join a bevy of sea creatures - sharks, Portuguese men-of-war, whales - that have visited the waters off New Jersey this summer. But beachgoers should not fear the ocean; the water is fine, the shark population is the same as in years past, and the Portuguese men-of-war are dwindling. Several manatees were believed to be between Maryland and Delaware on Friday, and one appeared to be heading north, said Robert Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.
NEWS
July 19, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
People here seem to love the Shore. But for a relative newcomer to Philadelphia, the words Jersey Shore evoke specific images: Hurricane Sandy-battered towns, absurd MTV characters, miles of standstill traffic, a failing casino town. So why do friends and colleagues continuously go down the Shore, to family summer homes, hotels, rented beach houses? What incredible activities do they find there? What is it they're seeking? It couldn't be just sand and surf, right? Jersey's beaches are probably like any other: sand getting everywhere, sun beating down, waves crashing around, and that universal smell.
NEWS
July 19, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
W hat it is: Admittedly, one might not equate mozzarella cheese directly with the concept of a Jersey Shore food. But mozzarella - a white, semisoft high-water-content cheese - certainly has its place in various menu items often sought by those roaming the shoreline looking for a bite to eat. Upon pizzas, in pasta dishes, or with the heaven-on-a-plate simplicity of sliced Jersey tomatoes tossed with bit of basil and drizzled with a touch of balsamic...
NEWS
July 18, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Zurzola Sr., 86, formerly of Manayunk, a retired electronics specialist and a father and handyman, died Monday, July 13, of Alzheimer's disease at his retirement home in Villas, N.J. Born in 1929, Mr. Zurzola lost his own father, Frank, in 1937. His mother, Jennie, was not in good health. When she saw an opportunity for her son to live and study at Girard College, she enrolled him. He graduated in 1947. "It must have been hard for both of them," said his daughter Amy Z. Quinn.
FOOD
July 17, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Inside the sweltering heat of a greenhouse near the Jersey Shore, where the afternoon summer temperatures can hit 160 degrees, a bit of the Atlantic Ocean is rapidly transforming before our eyes into one of civilization's oldest treasures. "I'm literally swimming in salt," says Derrek Thomas, 43, leading us between the 2,000-gallon retention pools that line the new salt house he and his partner, chef Lucas Manteca, 38, built on Thomas' Windy Acres farm in Ocean View. "I can't get water fast enough.
SPORTS
July 11, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANCASTER - At age 40 and holding a place in the LPGA Hall of Fame, Karrie Webb doesn't need to prove anything more in an illustrious career that has seen her capture seven major championships and 41 tournament victories. However, it is days like Thursday's opening round of the U.S. Women's Open that fuel Webb's fire and tell her that anything is still possible at her age, especially when her exceptionally pure and rhythmic swing is on point. After parring her way around the more difficult back nine at Lancaster Country Club, Webb poured in four birdie putts on her second nine for a 4-under-par 66 and a tie with 24-year-old New Jersey native Marina Alex after 18 holes of the weather-delayed 70th national championship for women.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When the summer wind comes blowin' in from across the sea, the song of the piper man that Sinatra once sang about is likely now to be that of a raging rock cover band. At least where the Jersey Shore's music scene is concerned. The man behind a lot of these sounds is Tommy Ciccone. He not only plays in cover bands, like MoFaux, but he also books acts throughout the Shore's loudest live music points, at bars in Cape May, Margate, and Sea Isle such as Elaine's, Maynard's, The Greenhouse, Ocean Drive, The Springfield, and LaCosta.
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